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posted on 2021-09-08, 10:07 authored by Selena Wisnom
This note considers Marduk's use of the net in Enuma elis. This weapon is usually assumed to be a net for catching birds inherited from Marduk's relationship to Ninurta mythology, since Ninurta's opponent in battle was the demonic bird Anzu. Here it is suggested that the net can also be used as a fishing net and portrays Marduk as a fisherman. This coheres with the nature of Marduk's opponent, Ti'amtu, whose name means sea, and also fits into the depiction of Marduk taking over from Enlil as chief god in Enuma elis, since Enlil is also described as both fisher and fowler in Sumerian texts. Thus an image that is sometimes thought to be awkwardly borrowed is shown to be coherently integrated after all, adding another dimension to the depiction of Marduk in battle.

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Journal of the American Oriental Society Vol. 141, No. 1 (January-March 2021), pp. 211-214. https://doi.org/10.7817/jameroriesoci.141.1.0211

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School of Archaeology and Ancient History

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Journal of the American Oriental Society

Volume

141

Issue

1

Pagination

211 - 214

Publisher

American Oriental Society

issn

0003-0279

Copyright date

2021

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2021-09-08

Language

English

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